Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Chorrera, ca. 1000 to 500 BCE. An impressive redware whistling stirrup vessel depicting a coatimundi, nicely delineated with round eyes, a pointy snout, small cup-shaped ears, limbs, and curvy tail, perched atop the shoulders of a rounded body. The Chorrera culture is known for its ceramic traditions, particularly animal and plant effigy forms, such as this coatimundi.The raccoon-like coatimundi (or coati) was easily tamed and its funny antics made it a great pet among the ancients of the Americas. Size: 7.75" in diameter x 8.5" H (19.7 cm x 21.6 cm)
Pre-Columbian whistles and whistling vessels were first created in ancient Ecuador and spread to Peru, their northern neighbor, were they were created as early as 1000 BCE and continued to be created throughout history. A finely handbuilt and burnished redware sculptural work from this early Ecuadoran culture, impressive for both its function and form as well as its whistling mechanism!
Provenance: Ex-John Smith Collection, Roswell, GA
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